So the famous Crowdfunding site is now in Canada. To mark the occasion one of its first projects will be a hockey stick project – eh. Is there someone planning a better doughnut on the horizon as well?
Kickstarter was one of the first Crowdfunding sites and has become the dominant player with over ¾ of a BILLION having been pledged to almost 50,000 projects from almost 5 million people. That was 750,000,000 dollars, so yes billion.
The site matches visionaries with a project with funders with cash that they wish to give. Sometimes the funders receive gifts and/or the underlying product but many are driven by a sense of community, interest in a category or passion for the creator’s vision.
Andre Michalopoulos, Andion Business Solutions – which helps companies with their business planning and funding needs: “We welcome Kickstarter as another avenue to help entrepreneurs, especially the younger creative ones, to get their projects started.”
“Crowdfunding seems to be a new way to give power to the people, so we thought it would be a great time to grow with Kickstarter developing in Canada and get our project off the ground,” said Daniel Lucchesi, 22, spokesperson of Colt Hockey’s campaign.
While projects from anywhere, including Canada, could always use Kickstarter, it is now easier for Canadiens to do transactions with our own financial institutions and in Canadian dollars.
In Montreal there were three project highlighted on the sight with funding ranging from 284% funded to 22% funding. They all had between 26 to 41 days to go, so still plenty of time for you to check out and fund:
- Le Gouffre - Animated Short Filmby Lightning Boy Studio: An inspiring tale about friendship, sacrifice and conquering the impossible.
- The Greatest little Squee-Geeby Sean Kieley: Designed to clean car truck & motorcycle windshields, fairings, mirrors, zap birdie poo and bugs from windows.
- THE WILL OF CAPTAIN CROWN - A hardboiled pirate comic book !by Tristan Roulot & Patrick Hénaff: Help us translate the first volume of our acclaimed european pirate story, and reformat it into a vibrant comic book !
The full list of Canadian Kickstarter projects is available here.
In short, it is doing what Crowdfunding is supposed to do – get creative ideas from the drawing board to the delivery stage.
Welcome to Canada!
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